Maple Grey/Creamy White Buffet
Description: Solid maple, medium sized buffet painted in dark grey and a creamy white. It has been lightly distressed. The top and dental trim have been sanded and stained in a medium walnut. We added new hardware in flat iron. 5 drawers and 2 doors for plenty of storage.
Marble/Granite Buffet, Bar, or TV Stand
Description: Bar, buffet or TV stand painted in graphite. The top is granite or marble. Not sure but it’s extremely heavy. Original hardware in dark nickel. Inside is one drawer and 2 large areas, one with a shelf. Also on wheels and finished on all 4 sides.
Solid wood creamy white/natural buffet or tv stand
Description: Solid wood buffet painted in creamy white with a dark wax finish. We left some parts natural cherrywood for a nice contrast. 3 large drawers and 2 doors offer plenty of storage. New hardware in bronze. Nice height would also make it a great changing table or TV stand.
Vintage black and natural buffet
Description: Vintage buffet painted in black only where it needed it, and many of the parts left original. We sanded and stained the top to match the legs and doors. The legs are in fantastic shape with no missing chunks as is so common in this style. Original hardware in dark carbon. 2 doors and 2 large drawers all work well. Great focal piece for dining or living room.
Deep Teal Vintage Buffet
Description: Vintage buffet done in deep teal with bronze legs and trim. We left some of the parts natural burled wood and the top has been sanded and stained in walnut. One large drawer and 2 doors for storage.
Price: $418 on sale for $298
Navy and Bronze Dresser/Buffet
Description: Dresser/buffet painted in deep navy and drawers have a weathered look in navy, bronze and grey. The top has been stained in walnut. Metallic legs, hardware and trim give it a nice elegant look.
What is a Buffet?
It is an item of furniture traditionally used in the dining room for serving food, for displaying serving dishes such as silver, and for storage. They were first used in Sweden to lay out big spreads of food and drink, known smorgasbords.
Yes, There Is a Difference
Buffet, sideboard, server, credenza: Do you find yourself using these terms interchangeably? I sure do! After all, there’s so much overlap between these furniture types that a piece’s classification is often determined solely by its location in your home. Confusing, right? Oh, and have you heard of a huntboard? I hadn’t either, at least until reading this helpful Houzz design article that breaks down the details of these terms.
You might be asking yourself why does all of this matter? It doesn’t necessarily, especially if you already have a piece in your dining room that functions for you and meets all of your needs.
But if you’re in the market for a piece of furniture that you can use for storage and serving, you might as well know what you’re searching for, especially since many furniture manufacturers use the terms interchangeably.
Here’s what we learned about these four storage pieces:
- Sideboard: The distinguishing feature of sideboards, according to Houzz, are the short legs. The cabinets may also reach all the way to the floor.
- Buffet: There is no defining difference between a buffet and sideboard, but if the piece has relatively high legs, it may be referred to as a buffet instead of a sideboard.
- Server: A server is smaller, shorter, and more formal than a buffet or sideboard.
- Credenza: Historically a credenza referred to a piece of furniture with no legs and cabinets that reached to the floor, but many modern credenzas have legs. They’re likely to have sliding doors as well.